New research shows that playing soccer can improve bone development in adolescent boys. In a study comparing adolescent soccer players to swimmers, cyclists and a control group of boys not involved in regular sport, scientists found soccer led to significantly better bones after one year of training.
Yoga is just as good as physical therapy for the treatment of chronic low back pain according to research recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. 320 study participants were randomly assigned to either 12 weekly yoga sessions, 15 physical therapy sessions, or to read an educational book and newsletters on how to manage chronic low back pain. After this, the researchers continued to follow the participants for 1 year, which included a 40-week maintenance phase. During the maintenance phase, yoga participants either took yoga drop-in classes or practised yoga at home. Physical therapy participants took part in physical therapy booster sessions or practised physical therapy at home. The results showed that ‘a manualized yoga program for nonspecific chronic low back pain was noninferior to physical therapy for function and pain’.
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In a recent study involving 23 breast cancer survivors, 12 weeks of aerobic training was found to improve sleep, pain and general health.
A group of 60 pregnant women were randomly assigned to either an antenatal yoga program or a control group. The antenatal yoga program consisted of a 1 hour supervised yoga class, three times a week, starting at 26 weeks gestation. Compared to the control group, participants in the yoga classes experienced lower pain intensity, required a decreased frequency of labor induction, had a lower percentage of cesarean section and experienced a shorter duration of the second and third stages of labor.
In a review of 19 randomized controlled trials Qigong was found to be the optimal meditation exercise to lower systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure of hypertensive patients.
A new study has found that as little as 12 weeks of aerobic walking exercise improves brain function in patients with mild cognitive impairment, an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease,
Three months of core stability exercises reduced pain and improved functional status in chronic low back pain suffers. Patients doing core stability exercises experienced improved functional status versus the general exercise after 3 months.